With a name like Independence, you can bet the fourth largest city in Missouri values freedom and liberty. An important part of personal independence is taking care of one’s own sexual health. Every year the Independence Health Department (IHD) puts together a community health assessment and publishes it online for everyone’s benefit.
Starting in 2013, the Independence area actually saw a fall in reports of chlamydia. On the other hand, they found a rise in reports of gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis.
At the end of 2016, Jackson County had 3,735 persons living with HIV disease. For 2018, the reported cases for chlamydia in Jackson County came to 6,437. With gonorrhea about half as prevalent with a total of 3,443 cases. Cases of primary and secondary syphilis totaled 467—a shockingly much higher occurrence than surrounding counties.
If you need to find STD testing in the Independence area, there are a few options available for your consideration. There is a Planned Parenthood on Noland Road, while they cannot guarantee same day testing you are always welcome to wait during walk-in hours. They offer rapid blood testing for HIV, meaning results are available in just 10-40 minutes. Free STD testing may be available if you meet certain requirements, otherwise payment is usually calculated on a sliding scale based off your income (bring proof). Another option for you is the Jackson County Health Department located on South Liberty Street. They offer STI screening for bacterial vaginosis (BV), chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Call ahead to schedule an appointment. Most services and treatments are affordable (though there is a low-cost clinic fee for the appointment itself).
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Independence clinics with our easy-to-read chart.